The Keys of Hell and Death

The Keys of Hell and Death is a novel by Charles Cordell, the second in the English Civil War historical fiction series Divided Kingdom.

The Keys of Hell and Death - an English Civil War novel

The Keys of Hell and Death

From the brutal Battle of Lansdown Hill, via the Siege of Devizes and Roundway Down to the Storming of Bristol in 1643, book #2 of the Divided Kingdom series takes some of the characters of God’s Vindictive Wrath to the edge of Hell and drags others into the Civil War that racks Britain. All must face the brutal reality of war. This story is not based on a single hero. It does not take sides. Its voices – ordinary men and women – fight to save England in the chaos that is the 17th Century.

Praise for God’s Vindictive Wrath:

The Keys of Hell and Death is available to pre-order online as a paperback or Kindle ebook. The paperback cover price (RRP) is £8.99 (US$9.97). The Amazon Kindle price is £5.48 (US$6.59). However, retail prices do vary.

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The Keys of Hell and Death will be published by Myrmidon, in English, on 4 June 2024 under ISBN: 978-1910183335.

Preview – Read First Chapters – FREE

If you are not sure you are ready for The Keys of Hell and Death, please click to read the first four chapters of God’s Vindictive Wrath online for FREE. First chapters of The Keys of Hell and Death will be available here soon.

Endorsements for God’s Vindictive Wrath

‘Stirring. A great read! You can almost hear the cannon roar and the thunder of hooves. Do not miss this evocative account of the start of the English Civil War.’ Ben Kane, Sunday Times bestselling author, The Forgotten Legion, Hannibal, Spartacus and The Lionheart series

‘Of all the many novels set in the English Civil War that I have read, this was the one that described most perfectly the use of the different arms, and the experience of the face of battle. It was also the one that made me care most about the characters.’ Professor Ronald Hutton FRHistS FSA FLSW FBA

‘A fast-paced read that brilliantly captures the fear, confusion and luck of battle for the soldier.’ General Richard Nugee CB CVO CBE

‘Fast-paced and authentic. With characters that are colourful and believable. There are not enough tales like this.’ Michael Arnold, author of the Civil War Chronicles and Highwayman series

‘As only a soldier could, Charles Cordell does not flinch from drawing attention to the shear terror of battle, in a way that emphasises detailed research woven meticulously into this gripping first book. I am certain there will be many more.’ Jeremy Ravenshaw Fowler, Adjutant General of The Sealed Knot Society.

Reviews of God’s Vindictive Wrath

‘Charles Cordell, a former soldier, writes with bravura confidence.’ Antonia SeniorThe Times

‘An exciting minute-by-minute story of the English Civil War … from the soldiers’ point of view … the historical accuracy is fantastic … the storyline and the writing style tremendously exciting.’ Historical Novel Society

‘This book charged into my memory and dreams – it is VIVID! … you can smell it … original, interesting, entertaining, thought-provoking – an excellent read.’ Dr Beth Rogers, John Hampden Society

”Visceral’ historical fiction.’ The Bookseller

‘Quite outstanding – historical fiction at its very best.’ General Stuart Skeates CB CBE

Readers’ reviews are posted on the God’s Vindictive Wrath pages at Goodreads and at Amazon UK, including:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Brutally realistic’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Visceral and exciting’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘New, different and good’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘A fantastic read, gripping and thought provoking’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Original and insightful … easily the most enjoyable book I have read this year.’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Read it and you will never again be able to pass through an unassuming English town without wondering about violent secrets in the past.’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘For years, my favourite novelisation of battle was Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize winning account of Gettysburg – Killer Angels. But this is better.’

If you enjoy reading God’s Vindictive Wrath, please do post your own review. Positive reviews are really important to new authors. Without them there is little chance of being published again. The best place you can do this is via your bookshop website, Amazon or Goodreads. I really hope you will want to read more of the Divided Kingdom series.

Divided Kingdom Characters, Historical Notes & Maps

I hope you will get to know all of the Divided Kingdom characters. This website includes character notes on each of them. You will find historical notes and maps to accompany their story at Notes and Maps (following publication). These include background articles on The General Crisis of the 17th Century, the English Revolution and Great Rebellion, and Pike and Shot Warfare, as well as notes to accompany the text on the battles of Edgehill, Aylesbury and Brentford.

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